The main theme of volume 6 of Eco-ethica is Ethics and Justice, focusing on the idea of justice in a metaphysical, social and personal sense. Justice is considered as a balance between opposite ambitions in interdependent persons and as equity in legislation, but not as blind justice. Today, it is valuable not only on the national but also on the cosmopolitan level. Before it became personal justice, it was metaphysical and social both in European and Chinese culture. However, in modern times, it is often reduced to a moral duty without meta-ethical responsibility. The last part considers the importance of the philosophy of Paul Ricœur (1913-2005) for clarifying the idea of justice.
Peter Kemp is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Department of Education, University of Aarhus, Copenhagen Campus, President of the Tomonobu Imamichi Institute for Eco-ethica. Member of the French Academy of Moral and Political Sciences. Noriko Hashimoto is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, University of Aoyamagakuin, Tokyo, Secretary General of the Tomonobu ,Imamichi Institute for Eco-ethica.